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UK Government To Slow Drive To Tackle Global Warming

Andrew Grice, The Independent

Britain’s Chancellor George Osborne is expected to reject the recommendations of the Government’s independent advisers on climate change by slowing its drive to tackle global warming.

The Committee on Climate Change said it had found no economic or legal reasons to change the UK’s green targets, a verdict welcomed  by Liberal Democrat ministers. They are embroiled in a battle with the Chancellor, who wants to water down the targets to create room for up to 40 gas-fired power stations to be built over the next 20 years.

Allies of the Chancellor said the committee’s advice would be “taken into account” but would not necessarily reflect the Government’s final word on carbon emissions.  Mr Osborne argues that Britain should not go further or faster than its competitors and said last week that it should “not be in front of the rest of the world” in tackling climate change.

The committee, chaired by the Tory peer and former Environment Secretary Lord Deben, gave its initial advice in a letter to  Ed Davey, the Lib Dem Energy and Climate Change Secretary. Its final proposals will be made by the end of the year.

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